An Interesting Ride

On Sunday 16 December 2018 I was rushed to hospital and have been admitted to Palm Bay Community Hospital. I collapsed and had three grandmas seizures and three small aftershocks and my floor nurse thinks I may have had a small stroke, Snowie thinks that too. I was given morphine, oxygen, and IV Keppra.
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Tropical Storm Gordon

We are currently being impacted by Tropical Storm Gordon.

Current Satellite from the Hurricane Center (16:47 local time).

We are on the East edge of the storm, we are in Brevard County,  and will be getting those outer and first inner bands of this storm). Thankfully it will not be a direct hit for us.  Currently, we are overcast with scattered downpours and a light breeze. We have our phones charging, as well as the three handheld transmitters for the Amateur Radio Service, on the 2M/70cm bands.  Power banks are charging as well.  Though I really don’t see much for my area happening.  Gordon is supposed to track into the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in Alabama.

Keep the Gulf Region in your prayers as experience our first real hit of the season.

Men with Fibromyalgia

I’ve carried this cross of pain for nearly a decade and some days have been easier to get through than others, especially with no real pain control. Yes we men do make up a good number of people with chronic pain.

I moved to Florida one year and three months ago and since that time I have yet to find a doctor that believe in Fibromyalgia or that men get this disease as well as women.

Just like I haven’t found a physician here that believe that men get migraines, I was told that is purely a women’s disease. I call bullshit on the medical community here in Brevard County Florida. I think all of you doctors need to go back to medical school. Also those of you doctors that are not from the United States and whose native tongue is not English, please try learning the language here a little better you are very difficult to understand.

I’ve been asked a few times why I don’t try natural route ie medical marijuana, even if I wanted to I cannot. The drug is still a Class I Narcotic according to the federal government and as I have a mental health license I have zero tolerance clause. Until such time that the federal government and my secular employer allow such a treatment I can’t even think to get it.

What’s the point of this post…it’s more of a venting rambling while I’m sitting here at work.

Hurricane Irma…

 

Hurricane Irma may impact Florida, for those that follow this blog, I am in Brevard County, which is on the central East coast about 45 minutes south of Kennedy Space Center.  Have your Go Kits/Emergency bags packed.
Gov. Scott declared a State of Emergency for all Florida Counties, to quote him “Florida prepares for the worst but hopes for the best.”  We do not yet know for certain where Irma will track.  I ask your prayers for my state as well as for all of the Gulf States during this hurricane season, we are only at the halfway mark in the season.

Congress You’re Fired!

Senator Nelson you sir are a cad. You do not speak for this Floridian thanks to you we have to start all over again!  This Amateur Radio Operator will vote you out next election!

From the Facebook group 100W and a Wire.

12/09/2016
The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.

In a final meeting with the Senator’s staff earlier this week, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator opposed the bill and refused to allow it to move forward. Unfortunately, as the bill did not receive floor time, the only manner in which it could get passed in the Senate would be through a process that required unanimous consent, which means no one opposes the bill.

The legislation will be reintroduced in both houses of Congress after the 115th Session begins in January. We have already been in contact with the sponsors of the bill to allow for an early introduction, which will give us more time to obtain success. We believe that we can get his bill adopted given the fact that we were inches away from crossing the goal line. We will continue to need the support of the membership, particularly in Florida, as we go forward through the next year.

For more information please see this article from the ARRL for further information.